Portrait from Life

Portrait from Life

British quad poster (1950s re-release)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Written by Muriel Box
Sydney Box
Frank Harvey
Story by David Evans
Starring Mai Zetterling
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Jack Asher
Edited by Vladimir Sagovsky
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
15 December 1948 (London)
Running time
90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £132,800[1]
Box office £150,000 (by 1953)[1]
245,405 admissions (France)[2]

Portrait from Life (also known as Lost Daughter, and in the U.S. as The Girl in the Painting)[3] is a 1948 British drama film directed by Terence Fisher and starring Mai Zetterling and Robert Beatty.[4]


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "the new picture at the Little Carnegie stems from an intriguing idea, and there are several very effective sequences in the drama, plus a fine performance by the Swedish actress, Mai Zetterling. Indeed, if the whole of The Girl in the Painting were as good as its parts, the posting of this notice would be a much more pleasant task. Too much, rather than too little, story and plodding direction are the principal faults";[6] while Allmovie described it as "an over-orchestrated "guilty pleasure" from the glory days of British romance pictures."[3]

Box office

The film made a profit of £4,100.[1]


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